Stelvio CiprianiOST Mark Il Poliziotto
Stelvio Massi, the first of a successful trilogy featuring Franco Gasparri as
main character in the role of drug squad commissioner Mark; the actor had
been borrowed from the world of photonovels, typical Italian photographic
stories published on several magazines that saw him as protagonist for
several years. The film is one of the most successful examples of the
'Italo-crime' genre under many points of view: the plot, the script, the
breathtaking chases and shootouts and, last but not least, the soundtrack.
The music for "Mark il poliziotto" was written by Stelvio Cipriani, who had
already worked with Massi the previous year for "Squadra volante"
(Emergency squad). An extremely prolific composer, he can undoubtedly be
placed next to Micalizzi, Bacalov and Morricone for the quantity and
especially the quality and importance of his works.
More than many others, this soundtrack is pervaded, in its most energetic
tracks, by a strong funky groove that recalls the typical sound of the US
'blaxploitation' phenomenon; the classical/orchestral component isn't present
here, in favor of a mix of rock music, wind instruments and keyboards like
Hammond and Harpsichord. Everything is, as usual, perfectly balanced with
more smooth and reflective tracks such as "Tenerezza", "Lei e la madre",
"Nella stanza di lei" and "Porte chiuse".
A great Italian 'poliziottesco' classic, originally released in '75 by Cinevox
Record and never reissued on LP to date. This edition, curated by AMS
Records, contains a second take of the song "La fine di Cobb" as a bonus
track, a front cover faithful to the original one and a completely new artwork
that includes extensive liner notes and reproductions of flyers and lobby
cards of the film.